Jerzy Elzanowski

Cross-Appointed Professor

Jurek Elżanowski’s work focuses on the history and historiography of urban war damage as well as recent commemorative strategies in the Ottawa National Capital Region, particularly the Holocaust and Communism memorials. He experiments with joint architectural and humanities pedagogies, both in his teaching and through collaborative projects in the fields of heritage conservation, memory studies, and curatorial studies. At the Azrieli School, he teaches core courses in the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation, offers electives in Canadian Studies (paired with design studios informally co-taught with colleagues), supervises MArch and PhD students. He periodically teaches graduate seminars and courses abroad in architecture and memory. 


Dr. Phil, Bauhaus – Universität Weimar

PhD – University of British Columbia

MArch – McGill University

BSc Arch – McGill University



Rebecca Dolgoy and Jerzy Elżanowski: Working Through the Limits of Multidirectional Memory: Ottawa’s Memorial to the Victims of Communism and National Holocaust Monument, Citizenship Studies 22:4 (2018), 433-451.

Reprint in the anthology of the best of articles published in The Journal of Architecture in the last decade: Manufacturing Ruins: Architecture and Representation in Post-Catastrophic Warsaw, The Journal of Architecture 23:5 (2018), 740-755.

Ruins, Rubble and Human Remains: Negotiating Culture and Violence in Post-Catastrophic Warsaw,Public Art Dialogue 2:2 (2012), 114–146.